The CBE Seminar Series is organized to bring in biofilm experts from both academia and industry to present their research and share their expertise. Each semester a group of CBE graduate students and staff invite and host the colleagues and visitors (on and off-campus) who present at this seminar series.

The CBE 2017 seminar organizing committee

If you have feedback or a speaker suggestion for the CBE Seminar Series, please contact a member of the organizing committee.

Fall 2017 Schedule

  • Time: 4:10 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Location: Montana State University, Roberts Hall 113, 4:10 pm
 Date   Speaker  Affiliation  Title/Topic
August 31    

No Seminar - First Week of Classes

September 7

Dr. Bryan White

Professor Emeritus, Animal Sciences and the Carl R. Woese Institute of Genomic Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Next generation sequencing and analysis approaches for precision animal agriculture
September 14

Dr. Tibor Benedek

 Research Associate, Regional University Centre of Excellence in Environmental Industry, Szent István University, Hungary Selective enrichment and population dynamics of microaerobic and aerobic BTEX degrading biofilm bacteria
September 21 Dr. Leon van Paassen

 Associate Professor, Sustainable Engineering & the Built Environment, Arizona State University

 Advances in bio-based geotechnical engineering
September 28      Seminar cancelled
October 5  

Dr. Sara Branco

Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, MSU

Fungal adaptation:
From communities to genes

October 12 Amanda Fuchs

PhD Student,
Chemistry & Biochemistry, MSU

Metabolic changes in macrophages as a result of exposure to Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms
October 19 No seminar this week
October 26 CBE Medical Biofilms Laboratory

Dr. Garth James, Lead PI, Medical Biofilms Lab, Assoc. Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, MSU

Dr. Kelly Kirker, Asst. Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Dr. Elinor Pulcini, Asst. Research Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

CBE Medical Biofilms Laboratory highlights their current research on biofilms and nosocomial infections
October 2 Dr. Tyler Nygaard Assistant Research Professor, Microbiology and Immunology, MSU Interaction of Staphylococcus aureus with leukocytes in human blood
November 9 Dr. Geoffrey Puzon Team Leader and Senior Research Scientist, Environmental and Industrial Biotechnology Team, CSIRO Land and Water Flagship,  Western Australia Biofilms in recycled stormwater and pathogen removal
November 16 Jeffery Simkins PhD Candidate, Chemical & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE

Non-invasive quantification of oxygen distribution in biofilm systems
using 19F NMR

November 23 No Seminar - Thanksgiving Day
November 30 Dr. Brent Peyton Professor, Chem. & Biological Engineering, MSU, CBE TBA
December 7 No Seminar - Last Week of Classes